You probably have a ton of questions about camp. There is a lot to learn! Hopefully these questions and answers will help you as you prepare for the summer.
Like many of the best things in life, camp takes time. We can confidently tell you that the more time you give camp, the better experience it will be. Developing confidence in a new environment doesn’t happen overnight, and longer terms give children more time to grow independence, build self-esteem, and have a more rewarding camp experience. Many of our camp families can confirm this.
That being said, we offer one, two, and three week sessions because we want you to choose the session length that is best for your family. The majority of our one-week sessions are for campers finishing 4th grade or younger. One week of camp is a wonderful way to get your child acclimated to being away from home and gaining independence. However, we believe that after graduating 4th grade, most campers are ready for a longer session. Staying at camp for more than one week allows real growth opportunities to occur after your camper is acclimated. Longer summer camp sessions really allow for the development of a tight-knit community which campers feel deeply connected to and a sense of being a member and belonging.
The camp director is the head of camp. He / She is ultimately responsible for the safety of our campers, the quality of our programming and is the lead contact in camp’s partnership with parents in raising their children.
The main purpose of the ACA accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality, and the health and safety of campers and staff. The standards establish guidelines for needed policies, procedures, and practices. The camp is responsible for ongoing implementation of these policies.
ACA accreditation assists parents in selecting camps that meet industry-accepted and government-recognized standards.
We strive to provide the best possible experience for your child.
While we have a very high average 4:1 camper to counselor ratio, we vary the ratio to reflect the age of the campers. For 2nd graders, we have a lower ratio (closer to 3:1) to reflect their greater needs. For example, they are often too young to remember sunscreen. Older campers, like 8th graders, will have a ratio closer to 5:1 or 6:1.
We have one of the highest camper return rates in the nation, with almost 85% of eligible campers returning each summer.
We always have nurses on camp. Full time nurses and extra student nurses live on camp property, and are always available for any bumps, bruises, scrapes or anything else that may need their attention. We also have doctors that come every other day to service those who may require extra medical attention.
They are fully trained and provide professional level care for your children, just as is expected of everyone here at Camp Champions.
If you haven’t already noticed, Steve Sir, our Camp Geek, is very fond of education and being prepared. Camp Champions has a best-in-class training program in the industry. Our training is not only among the longest in duration, but dives deeply into many physical safety and emotional safety topics. Every counselor is required to go through our intensive training program every year before the campers arrive.
Sometimes campers sleepwalk. We understand the concern some parents may have with kids and sleepwalking on camp. Our counselors are always on the lookout for any sleepwalking and receive training on how to best handle this situation should it arise.
If your child does sleepwalk frequently and you’d like to request they be on a bottom bunk, this can be arranged! Just let us know.
We know bed wetting is a sensitive issue for campers who struggle with it.
We will work with campers to help them overcome any concerns they have. Counselors work hard to not make a big deal about bed wetting in front of other campers. If it happens, we will wash the sheets while the campers are in activities, replace them, and move on with the rest of the day!
If your child has a dairy allergy please indicate this in your camp application, or call the camp office to let us know. We have meal options for anyone with a dairy allergy and can accommodate these needs.
If your child has gluten allergies please indicate this in your camp application, or call the camp office to let us know. We have meal options for anyone with a gluten allergy and can accommodate these needs.
The safety of your children is our first priority. We need to know any allergies your child has. Please provide these details on your application and be as specific as possible with the information to allow us to be as prepared as possible to accommodate your camper’s allergy.
Many children are on prescription medication for ADD or ADHD here at camp. We handle this medication for campers just as if it were any other medical treatment.
Please report any medication needs on your application and provide them to the nursing staff upon arrival. We will distribute the medication from the Ill Eagles Nest under the supervision of camp nurses.
Absolutely. Parents must inform the nurse’s office of all medications and dosage information. Medication is never kept in the cabins! Campers will be given time to report to the Ill Eagle’s nest on a daily basis to receive their medication.
Please report all medications to us. This will help keep all campers safe
Camp is NOT the time to experiment with new medications or to put your child on a “medication holiday”. A successful term at camp begins with consistent medication.
Away from camp, the average American teen spends over 53 hours per week on average in front of an electronic screen. We believe in teaching kids how to be extraordinary without being tied to electronic screens, so we do not allow iPods, phones, or video games.
This policy gives children the gift of a technology free environment — a place where campers, counselors and directors are fully present with each other, transporting them to a place where we can forge relationships that last a lifetime.
Car — Most camp families bring their children to camp by car on opening day.
Airplane — Campers may fly in to Austin or San Antonio, and camp will do airport pickups for an extra cost. Contact the camp so we can make arrangements to pick your child up upon arrival.
We place campers into cabins based on a variety of factors. Our objective is to create a dynamic cabin with campers of diverse backgrounds, skills and experiences. We try to match cabins with children around the same age so they are at the same maturity level, both emotionally and physically.
Campers may request a cabin mate (or request that someone not be in their cabin) on their application. Requesting a cabin mate is more powerful when both parties mutually request each other. An anti-cabin request will supersede cabin mate requests.
We strongly encourage you to write letters to your child. Campers love getting old-fashioned mail!
Address your letters to:
Camper Name, Cabin # (if you know it)
775 Camp Road
Marble Falls, TX 78654
You can also email your camper by logging in to your CAMPINTOUCH account! We will print these out everyday before lunch and hand deliver them to your child.
One of the most significant elements of the camp experience is learning independence. It’s hard to be apart, however, kids adjust to camp life much more easily if they don’t hear or see mom & dad while they’re at camp. If a camper is homesick, hearing a parent’s voice can intensify sad feelings. Therefore, we do not have campers talk to parents on the phone, and we don’t have parent visiting days until the last day of camp.
We stay in contact with you while your child is here at Camp Champions. You’ll receive a call from one of your child’s counselors during the first week of his/her stay, to let you know how he/she is doing. If any problem arises, we’ll contact you immediately.
We invite you to call us at any time, just to check and see how your child is doing. We know that sending a child to camp can be more difficult for parents than for the camper! We want to work together with you to make sure your child has the best experience possible!
We do not allow packages to be sent to camp. We find that many parents actually appreciate this policy because there is no need to “compete” to send enough packages.
We do make an exception for birthday packages. Birthdays only come once a year and many kids love to celebrate them at camp. Birthday packages should be marked clearly as such, and will be delivered on the big day.
Finally, if your camper forgot something critical from the packing list (such as jeans for horseback or a bathing suit), give us a call and we will help you get that item to your camper.
You can reach the camp office at 830-598-2571.
Only a couple for selected special activities, and they are entirely optional. If your child wants to take Horseback Riding, Elite Tennis, or Elite Ski classes, there is an extra charge. These are specialized classes during which your child will receive advanced instruction instead of going to a regularly scheduled activity. Please feel free to give us a call if you would like to know more about these options.
The CAMParent section of our website keeps you in touch with what’s happening at camp, and it is provided with no strings attached! Pictures, articles and more while your camper is at Champions—it’s almost like going to camp with your child!
If that isn’t enough, you’ll also get an 8×10 cabin picture and portrait of your camper!
In the event of a cancellation, fees will be refunded according to the following schedule (deposit is non-refundable after February 1):
91 or more days prior to the first day of the term: 75% of tuition-less-deposit refunded
61-90 days prior to the first day of the term: 50% of tuition-less-deposit refunded
31-60 days prior to the first day of the term: 25% of tuition-less-deposit refunded
Less than 30 days prior to the first day of the term: We are unable to offer a refund.
The $500 deposit is fully refundable until November 1st, and half refundable until February 1st. After February 1st, the deposit may be carried over to the following summer only, and may not be transferred to siblings or other campers.
No discounts can be given for late arrivals or early departures.
Our camp store operates on the “Champ” system. Campers receive champs each week as part of the tuition that you pay. They get the opportunity to spend their Champs at our camp store, Kneeman Markus.
No need for money at camp – CHAMPS only!
Every camper receives one pair of shorts, and 2 t-shirts. Campers use these primarily for the yearbook pictures and for special events. They look great, and are fun to wear at home too!
Every camper receives a handsome hardcover yearbook (perhaps the most impressive camp yearbook in the country) as well as a DVD with footage from their term. The DVD is high-quality and a lot of fun, and the yearbook will be treasured for years to come!
We send every camper’s laundry out once a week to our laundry service. Clothes are washed, dried, folded and returned later that day.
Do items ever get mixed up? It happens occasionally, but for the most part the laundry service we use is exceptional. Any mixups that do occur are easily fixed if campers have their names marked in their clothes, so we certainly appreciate the effort from our parents to do so.
On most days at camp you will have activities! There are 6 activity periods in a day, so one period you might be wake boarding on lake LBJ and the next period you could be climbing the wall and flying down the zip line. We have over 40 different activities so you can try a new one each day if you want too! To learn more about the activities we offer click here.
Once a week we have All Camp Super Camp Fun Day where instead of going to 6 different activities you can go to any open activity you want at any time! We also have our Trojan Spartan Games once a week, where all of camp is divided into two teams that compete in various games.
Evening activities are tons of fun! From dances to movie night to big group games and parties to our Fishin’ Nights, evening activities are a great way to end the day. To finish out each day, the boys at camp get together at the Coliseum and the girls at camp at the Forum for our Torchlight ceremony. Torchlight is a time of singing, skits and generally acting goofy. At every Torchlight we honor the Torchlighter of the Day, the outstanding camper at camp. It’s the highest honor you can earn at Camp Champions.
Cabins are the best part of camp! Have you ever been on a really fun sleep over with one of your best friends? Being in a cabin is basically like that, but with 11 of your best friends for longer!
Each cabin has anywhere from 8-12 campers that are the same age and 2-3 counselors. Everybody will have a trunk to keep their stuff in, a top or bottom bunk to make their own, and a personal space in front of their bunk. There’s 2 fans in each cabin to keep it cool, and a space in the middle to play games(cards, cabin pickleball, and four-square to name a few) or just hang out with your cabin mates.
We can’t tell you who your counselors will be before you get to camp, but we can tell you that we travel all over the world and look far and wide to find counselors who want to spend their summer at camp because they get to hang out with kids like you! They are college-aged individuals who are excited, fun, and want to get to know you. It’s like having a cool older brother or sister take care of you!
“I have responsibilities at camp?” you may be asking yourself, and the answer is yes, yes you do! Here at camp we ask all of our campers to do certain tasks so that everything can run smoothly. These tasks include picking up after yourself at meal times, cleaning up your stuff in the cabin for inspection, showing up and participating in all activities, and following all the rules we have here at camp.
You’ll love the food at camp! Is it just like home cooking? Well, maybe not quite like home, but close. From things like waffles, eggs, pancakes at breakfast to foods like pizza, chicken fingers, corn dogs and spaghetti at lunch and dinner. We always offer fresh fruit, and a salad bar at lunch and dinner. And if you don’t like what we’re serving at the Fillin’ Station at a meal, we always have peanut butter & jelly available!
If you have any problem of any type at camp, you need to talk to your counselors. They are trained to handle difficult situations and are there because they want to help you. If you feel uncomfortable talking to your counselors about an issue you are having at camp(or outside of camp) then you can always talk to a division leader or a director and they will be there to help you as well. If we don’t know you are struggling with something, we can’t fix it!
Older campers (Lettermen and Midis) get to choose their activities on a daily basis, selecting from various activities within the Fine Arts, Sports and Outdoors departments. We assign specific times for water skiing, free swim, sail, pool play, and other activities.
Younger campers, the Rookie and Mini divisions, do activities with their cabins in a pre-set schedule.
You do have to be a certain age to do certain activities. You cannot do Go-karts, Riflery, the Screamer, the 2nd level and up on the Pirate Ship, or the Zip-line at the wall if you haven’t finished 4th grade by the time camp comes around. Instead of Riflery our younger campers get to do BB’s, which is a good way to practice for when they get older!
No. You cannot bring ANY electronics (iPads, iTouches, computers, electronic gaming systems, Kindles, walkie-talkies, etc.), cell phones, digital cameras, money, food (no candy, gum, etc.), or any safety hazards (use common sense for any other questionable items such as pocket knives, fireworks or other items that are a potential safety risk).
The one exception is that you can bring personal music systems, such as an mp3 player and iPods with no video capability. Keep in mind we are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen electronic equipment.
We group cabins by the ages and grades of the campers. You may request 1 cabin mate, and we will do our best to meet your request. If the cabin mate you request is two or three grades ahead of you, we won’t be able to put you together—the age difference is just too great. But if the friend you come with is about the same age, and you both request to be together, you’ll live in the same cabin!
Yes of course! Everybody is a little nervous about coming to camp, even returners. Once you get to camp you will realize that everyone wants you to feel comfortable and have a good time and your nervousness will melt away. Your cabin mates, counselors, division leaders and directors are all on your team and ready to make you feel at home at a moment’s notice.